El Tortugario

El Tortugario is a sea turtle sanctuary located outside Cuyutlan, Mexico. The sanctuary collects sea turtle eggs to protect them, hatches the eggs, then releases the baby sea turtles into the sea, and if visitors are at El Tortugario on a day when sea turtles are being released, they can participate in the process. In addition to releasing baby sea turtles, there are sea turtles of various ages, educational materials, and a wonderful boat tour through a nearby lagoon filled with all kinds of birds. Cuyutlan is a small, off the beaten path seaside town with a nice beach but not a lot to do. However, for a place to get away from the throngs of tourists and enjoy a slower paced vacation, it is quite nice.

Baby sea turtle being released into the wild